Trump’s advisor makes up ‘Bowling Green Massacre’ to defend Muslim ban

Conway may actually be referencing the 2011 arrests of two Iraqi nationals in Bowling Green, Kentucky after they carried out improvised explosive device (IED) attacks on USA soldiers – not in Kentucky but in Iraq.Kellyanne Conway says she misspoke about the “Bowling Green massacre,” when she referenced a terror attack on US soil that never happened.Really, she said in a tweet that links to an ABC News article, she meant say “Bowling Green terrorists”.Mahanad Shareef Hammadi and Waad Ramadan Alwan were both convicted of attempting to “send weapons and money to Al-Qaeda in Iraq”.The arrest of the two men, who are now in prison, led to a six month drastic curtailment and overhaul of the Iraqi refugee program in 2011.But it’s unclear from Conway’s statement whether she was referring to those arrests.Conway claimed he’s not the first president to bring in a ban. Most people don’t know about it because it didn’t happen.Referring to Obama’s 2011 move to slow the entry of Iraqi refugees, Paul said, “this was done by President Obama in response to the possibility or the attempted bombing in Bowling Green, Kentucky, where I live”.Kellyanne Conway, President Donald Trump’s adviser and creator of the term “Alternative facts” is facing backlash again for comments she made last night with Chris Matthews on MSNBC’s political show Hardball.Conway also falsely stated that the Obama administration halted the Iraqi refugee program after this incident in a ban similar to Trump’s executive order. The only problem? That massacre never happened. The Obama administration did not ban the refugee programme and there is no such thing as the “Bowling Green massacre”.Further, the summary of refugee admissions from the State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration shows there was not one month between fiscal years 2009 and 2016 in which the USA stopped admitting refugees from Iraq.Trump officials are now becoming known for their “alternative facts”. This suggested there was a very specific flaw in America’s refugee screening process: databases of fingerprints from Iraqi militants were not well-integrated into the broader State Department-run refugee admissions process.